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Boys Tennis: Difficult paths await Fox Chapel stars

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Siddharth Rajupet and Robby Shymansky play against each other almost every day in practice, but if the two take the court against each other again this season, it will likely be with a PIAA Class AAA singles title on the line.

Shymansky and Rajupet, the No. 1 and No. 2 singles players at Fox Chapel, were also the second and third-place finishers, respectively, in the WPIAL tournament. When the state tournament opens on Friday, they will be on opposite sides of the bracket with an outside chance of meeting each other in the state finals.

Their path won't be easy.

Rajupet, a Case Western recruit and No. 4 senior in the state, will open with Sahas Chandragiri, the District 2 champion and will then likely face Andrew Tran of Wissahickon, the No. 4 freshman in the state, who lost to Shymansky, 6-0, 6-4, in the PIAA team tournament last weekend. To make the final, though, he'll have to get past last year's runner-up, Michael Dickson of Downingtown East, the No. 3 junior in the state.

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Track: North Feature Athlete - Fox Chapel's Caelan Miller

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Name: Caelan Miller
High School: Fox Chapel
Grade: 10
Sport: Track and field
Events: 1,600, 3,200 relay

Background: Miller holds a 5:10.71 personal record in the 1,600 this season. She qualified for the state meet for the second year in a row and is hoping to place higher than she did as a freshman. Miller participates in multiple sports, including indoor track and field, soccer and cross country.

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Boys Tennis: WPIAL champ Fox Chapel headed to states for first time

Written by Keith Barnes on .

It has been seven years since Fox Chapel has qualified for the PIAA Class AAA boys team tennis tournament.

This time, however, things will be different.

Not only are the Foxes heading to Hershey Racquet Club as the reigning WPIAL Class AAA champions for the first time in school history, they are also making their first appearance in Hershey. Since the state championships were established in 2001, Fox Chapel finished second in the WPIAL twice, in 2003 when the team lost to Shady Side Academy and only one WPIAL qualifier moved on, and in 2009 when they lost to North Allegheny in the finals and dropped a 5-0 decision to Cathedral Prep in the Tuesday qualifier.

That won't be an issue this year as Fox Chapel ousted District 6 champion Hollidaysburg, 4-1, in the preliminary round and will take the court in Hershey on Friday.

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Boys Tennis: North Feature Athlete - Fox Chapel's Robby Shymansky

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Name: Robby Shymansky
High School: Fox Chapel
Grade: 9
Sport: Boys Tennis

Background: Shymansky is the No. 1 freshman in the state and was the third-place finisher in the WPIAL. He defeated Duquesne recruit Jared Isaacs in straight sets to help the Foxes defeat North Allegheny to win their first WPIAL Class AAA boys team title. Shymansky will get a stiff test in the opening round of the PIAA Class AAA team tournament on Friday when he takes on fellow freshman Andrew Tran, ranked No. 4 in his class in the state.

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Baseball: Fox Chapel ready to begin the postseason

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Fox Chapel had to wait an extra day to start its WPIAL Class AAAA postseason run, but what the Foxes learned was how tenuous their position as a slight favorite really is.

They watched as No. 14 Norwin knocked off their section rival Shaler and saw an 11th-seeded North Allegheny squad nearly pull off an upset in a 1-0 loss to Latrobe.

Now, Fox Chapel (14-5) has to gear up for a Peters Township team that has been to the Class AAAA championship game three times, winning two titles and losing in its most recent appearance in 2011.

One advantage for the Foxes is that they have already beat the Indians once this year. Fox Chapel pulled out a 7-3 win in the team's second game of the season.